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Findlay Market Opening Day Parade Names Grand Marshal

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Nati Harnik
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred at a June 2018 event.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as grand marshal of the 100th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade this March 28. 

The team announced the news on Twitter Tuesday, the same day Major League Baseball announced that all club jerseys will wear "MLB 150" patches to mark the 150th anniversary of the first professional baseball team - the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. However, as the first openly all-salaried team in baseball, the Reds uniforms will feature their own commemorative patches.

"The MLB 150 patch will be a continuous reminder on the field of the link everyone involved in the game today has with the storied history of professional baseball and MLB," Manfred said in a statement.

The Reds will also honor the occasion by wearing 15 throwback uniforms throughout the season and have various events scheduled for fans to further mark the anniversary.

The Reds home opener is Thursday, March 28 at 4:10 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jennifer Merritt brings 15 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU, having served in various digital roles for such legacy publications as InStyle and Parade, as well as start-ups like Levo League and iVillage. She helped these outlets earn several awards, including MIN's 2015 Digital Team of the Year. She graduated from Rutgers University with a journalism major and English minor and has continued her education with professional development classes through the Poynter Institute, Columbia University and PMJA. Before moving to Cincinnati from New York in 2016, she vowed her son would always call it "soda" and not "pop." She has so far been successful in this endeavor.